D1.12 Non-medical care agencies

Many patients with COPD have difficulties with activities of daily living and may require a range of non-medical support services, including governmental and non-governmental organisations. Availability of services varies between states and between areas within states (eg, urban, rural, remote). Some examples include:

  • financial support and organisation of oxygen, CPAP machines, nebulisers, etc;
  • Homecare;
  • government-supported assistance with activities of daily living (showering, cleaning, shopping, etc);
  • home maintenance;
  • Meals on Wheels;
  • exercise programs; and
  • support groups.